Events: Drawing on the Best Art; New Exhibitions Showcase at Mima

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Byline: Karen McLauchlan reports:

WITH hundreds of artworks and more than 20 artists, mima's latest exhibition showcase is set to be its biggest to date.

The wraps come off two major shows at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art today and from the simplest line drawing to three-dimensional designs, animation and amazing metalwork, the spring season aims to inspire.

Filling the ground floor gallery with more than 200 pieces is THE END OF THE LINE: ATTITUDES IN DRAWING.

Featuring work by 11 contemporary artists, the exhibition explores and celebrates a diverse set of approaches to drawing.

Debuting in Middlesbrough, the exhibition is organised by Hayward Touring in collaboration with mima and The Bluecoat, Liverpool, in association with The Drawing Room, London.

The exhibition also continues mima's remit to focus on drawing. The gallery's very first exhibition in January 2007, Draw, brought together works by Picasso, Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol and Matisse.

"Drawing is one of the oldest forms of expression," said Gavin Delahunty, curator of fine art at mima.

"We wanted to bring together a rich range of intense works by people who are drawing right now. These are all artists who use drawing as their primary medium of expression."

While the show features more traditional perceptions of drawing, such as pencil and ink on paper, it also takes the theme to a new dimension.

"We see work where the drawing has jumped off the page into the physical space," added Gavin.

Work by Monika Grzymala is just one example of this - as seen on the font of today's What's On.

Her creations feature lead tape, which has been hand kneaded for five days, before being hung on the gallery walls.

Artist Jan Albers has also spent the last week completing his latest piece at mima.

While originally designing on paper, his piece has been re-created using chalk coated string on one of the gallery's walls over the last few days.

"The lines have literally come off the page and onto the wall of the gallery," explained Gavin.

This is the first time all 11 artists have been brought together, and many have not been shown in the UK before. …